Latest in Gear

Image credit: Puma

Puma's robotic running companion can keep pace with Usain Bolt

Too bad the BeatBot is so expensive it's only available to Puma's sponsored athletes, then.
142 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Puma

For some people, the RunKeeper coach's voice is enough to keep them motivated during a jog. Others need something physical to keep pace with. That's where Puma's BeatBot comes in. Developed by a NASA robotics engineer, a trio of MIT students and Puma's ad agency, the robot follows lines around a track at any pace you'd want, according to Fast Company. It can even match Usain Bolt's 2009 foot-speed world record of 44.6 KPH (27.7 MPH) in case you need something a little more aspirational than an eight-minute mile.

The robot works by scanning lines on the track with an array of nine IR sensors, while wheel rotations are monitored via Arduino to keep track of speed and distance. BeatBot's also outfitted with LED lights on the back and dual GoPro cameras. If you figured this would be expensive, you're right. Even though there isn't an exact price, for now, BeatBot will only be offered to Puma-sponsored teams and athletes. Until that changes, you'll just have to make due the old fashioned way: finding a faster running buddy.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
142 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Tesla will start charging $10 per month for 'Premium' in-car data

Tesla will start charging $10 per month for 'Premium' in-car data

View
'Fortnite' will premiere a 'Star Wars' scene with J.J. Abrams' help

'Fortnite' will premiere a 'Star Wars' scene with J.J. Abrams' help

View
Twitch streamer DrDisRespect is creating a TV show

Twitch streamer DrDisRespect is creating a TV show

View
Recommended Reading: A year later, the CRISPR babies are still a mystery

Recommended Reading: A year later, the CRISPR babies are still a mystery

View
Hitting the Books: How police tech reinforces America's racial segregation

Hitting the Books: How police tech reinforces America's racial segregation

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr